This year it seems is shaping up to be particularly good one music wise, I’d go as far as to say a ‘classic’ if you’re partial to male singer songwriters in the alt-country / americana genre, so far 2013 has served up a slew of great albums including releases from Jason Isbell, Doc Feldman, John Moreland, MG Boulter, Cam Penner, Jeff Finlin, Sturgill Simpson and Leeroy Stagger, all share a certain strand of musical DNA though they are all very distinct and now there’s another great album to add to that list – Stay Reckless is Austin Lucas’ fifth solo album and his debut album on New West Records (how must they be regretting passing over him until now (read all about it in an interview Austin did with the wonderful Saving Country Music), hopefully the tie-up with New West will bring a wider audience . . . → Read More: Austin Lucas – Stay Reckless
I’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new album from American Aquarium and was an early sign-up to the bands Kickstarter campaign that launched back in November of last year, the album officially gets released on August 28th but I’ve being lucky enough to get a heads-up copy from the bands PR folks and I can report back it’s a real killer release and is bound to figure on the end-of-year best-of lists.
Those familiar with some of the bands earlier releases, all of which I heartily recommend (but if you have to pick one go for Dances for the Lonely) will know the band can mix it with the very best alt-country barroom bands, on this release though they distil the passion and pain, love, loss, the highs, the lows and in-betweens (tenuous link) of a band living the rock ‘n’ roll dream at the dark end of the street.
. . . → Read More: American Aquarium – Burn.Flicker.Die
Band of Holy Joy How To Kill A Butterfly
Band of Holy Joy – A Clear Night, a Shooting Star, a Song for Boo by BeatSurrender
Wonderfully crafted the songs preach with a desolate beauty leaving behind plenty of food-for-thought
I’ve listened and enjoyed some great music this year but none better than this album from Band Of Holy Joy which just stopped me in my tracks, but it doesn’t end with the musical brilliance as the CD release is packaged beautifully too in a book format with wonderful original artwork by Inga Tillere, for your chance to win a copy drop us an Email with the subject line BOHJ and I’ll pick a random entry and put a copy of the CD in the post to you (overseas entries welcome)
2 Zoe Muth & Lost High Rollers Starlight Hotel
Muth’s vocal is just perfect, sad, sincere, achingly beautiful
3 . . . → Read More: Beat Surrender Top Ten of ’11
GiveMeMyXXX.com and Black Country Rock present ‘Southern Independent, Vol. 2′ the second official XXX compilation, it’s a free compilation just register to download – includes tracks from Joey Allcorn, Jason Isbell and last month’s Kickstarter recommendation Imperial Rooster, what are you waiting for?
1. Honky Tonk Carnie / Lonewolf OMB 2. Devil In New Orleans / Powder Mill 3. Quittin’ Time / Joecephus and the George Jones Town Massacre 4. Codeine / Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit 5. I Like The Way / The Imperial Rooster 6. Whatever Kills Me First / Joey Allcorn 7. Chevy Beretta / Jonny Corndawg 8. Santa Monica / John Carter Cash 9. Sweet Delta Water / Black Oak Arkansas 10. Down and Out / Honky Tonk Hustlas 11. Canteen Full of Dreams / Roger Alan Wade 12. I Ain’t Drunk / Whitey Morgan and the 78′s 13. Hear The Hills / North . . . → Read More: Southern Independent, Vol. 2
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